Do you want to showcase your Beagle-based projects? Check out Gadget Freak!

Hey makers! We’ve heard about an awesome opportunity to showcase some Beagle-based projects. Design News magazine runs a regular “Gadget Freak” section that highlights interesting home-brew projects. In addition to showcasing your awesome projects, Design News pays $500 per published Gadget Freak project, which is nice money to have for lab supplies, workshop tools, more components, and so on.

Design News doesn’t accept any commercial products or patented/patent-pending designs, and it considers all submissions “open source” so others can recreate your project, adapt it, or use parts of it as they choose. By submitting your project, you would be giving Design News first publication rights to your project. If you’re interested in getting some exposure for one of your awesome Beagle projects, be sure that you read the guidelines listed below to make sure your projects meet the requirements and that you are aware of the rules. Feel free to send your Gadget Freak project ideas/descriptions and questions directly to Design News editor Rob Spiegel at

Design News’ Gadget Freak Guidelines

An original Gadget Freak submission must include:

  1. A description of the home-brew gadget and how it works.

  2. Specific construction, or “build,” instructions. These can be short. We don’t need a component-by-component description. Just enough information so someone understands how you built your gadget and how they might build theirs.

  3. Photos of the gadget and a photo of the designer/builder.

  4. Schematic diagram and mechanical drawings (if any)

  5. Bill of materials (BOM) in an Excel spreadsheet.

  6. A short video that will help people better understand what your gadget does and how it works. Acceptable video formats: .wmv, .m4v, or .avi.

  7. When a Gadget Freak project uses a programmable device such as an FPGA or microcontroller, we need the source code, too.

  8. Completed and signed UBM publishing agreement. You can scan your agreement and email an image file: Rob Spiegel at

  9. The US Internal Revenue Service also requires a W-9 for payments, so please find the IRS form here:, complete it, and mail it to Lauren Muskett, UBM Electronics, 600 Community Dr., Manhasset NY 11030 USA. Non-US people can ignore this requirement.

Because Allied Electronics sponsors the Gadget Freak program, some of the items in the bill of materials should appear in Allied’s catalog. We realize Allied might not stock all parts used in a gadget. The Gadget Freak committee discourages using odd or hard-to-find parts, such as a crankshaft from a 1948 Ford or a surplus circuit board from a NASA project.



Jessica L. Callaway

Marcom Program Manager

Processor Communications